Embracing the Algol Effort in Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakian computing in the 1950s was known more for its fault-tolerant computers than for developments in automatic programming. However, the Algol effort did not go unnoticed, and after publication of the full Algol 60 report, the “Algol craze” spread quickly in Czechoslovakia. This article traces the history of programming methods and techniques in Czechoslovakia up to the first Czechoslovakian Algol compiler in the early 1960s.